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My Christmas Memory – What it means to me now

December 1, 2016
As I was looking at the forlorn misshapen tree standing in the snow on the cover of a book I was reading last week, I was reminded of the Christmas tree we had at my house when I was a child. When I was six years old, my parents did not have much money to spend at Christmas. In order for my parents to have enough money to buy a present for me, they decided to cut a branch from our juniper tree in the yard for our Christmas tree. I remember at the time, I thought it was ugly, straggly, and misshapen and I was disappointed. I wished they would buy a tree from a Christmas tree lot in town like other families. However, I recently found a picture taken that year with me standing by the branch (tree). After we had decorated it with a garland made of popcorn and cranberries, hung a few ornaments, and silver tinsel; the tree did not look too bad. Now when I remember what the straggly juniper branch looked like and compare it to the beautifully, decorated shaped tree in my home I see it differently. I see the straggly forlorn branch as a person’s life without God or one depleted from nourishment and the beautiful shaped tree in my home as a person’s life filled with God’s love, purpose, and decorated with ornaments representing the fruit of the Spirit. God can take a straggly, forlorn life and transform it into a beautiful shaped fulfilled life. Jesus tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” He can change the straggly life into a beautiful new life, a flourishing life, filled with love, peace and joy if we believe in him. Often, our lives can become damaged and appear like a straggly, forlorn tree, misshapen by the trials, challenges, and disappointments of life. However, our lives can be transformed by the renewing of our minds with His Word into flourishing lives. God promises that when we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, giving Him every area of our lives, we will take on a true and proper shape. We will become a flourishing tree pointing others to God. When you see a Christmas tree this year, I hope it reminds you of the new life we can have in Christ Jesus, everlasting life when we invite Him into our lives and trust Him with the challenges and disappointments of life. Do you or any of your family members feel like a tree twisted, damaged, and made crooked by the fears, circumstances, difficulties, or sin in their lives? Do you or any of your family members feel all alone in this world? God is waiting to give you and your family members’ new life, nourishment, and fulfillment. Ask God to show you, your family and friends areas that need to

What are your Family Christmas Traditions?

November 28, 2016
 A tradition in my family was that my parents always read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2 before opening gifts. My husband and I continued the tradition and I have noticed that my sons are following the same tradition. It would be a blessing for my parents if they could see that this tradition has been passed on to their future generations. Another tradition in my family is to have a birthday cake for Jesus. The birthday cake is always a big hit with the children, they love blowing out the candles, and a good way to teach them about celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Questions to think about: What are your family traditions to leave a legacy of the true meaning of Christmas? What do you want your grandchildren to remember about celebrating Christmas with you? Do you want them to remember you by the costly Christmas gifts you gave to them? On the other hand, do you want them to remember something about celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, such as blowing out the candles on Jesus’ birthday cake or reading the story of the birth of Jesus from the Bible before opening the gifts? Ask God for creative ideas of how you can share the true meaning of Christmas with your grandchildren. Have you prayed about the gifts that you are going to give your grandchildren for Christmas? Ask God to give you ideas of what you might do to encourage your grandchildren to think of others and their needs, not only their own. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3) Will you share some of your traditions in the comments? By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network  penner@christiangrandparenting.net                

Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
I thank God for You and your overwhelming response to the “Grandparenting with a Purpose” blog and Facebook response for the Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network. May God bless you richly as you pray for your grandchildren and their parents. Lillian Penner, Prayer Coordinator

Are you a part of the Million Praying Grandparents Movement?

November 18, 2016
As the National Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, I had a dream to form a movement of a Million Praying Grandparents. Grandparents committed to pray intentionally and regularly for their grandchildren and their parents.   Our grandchildren are growing up in a wounded, divided, and sin-ravaged society so I believe you share my concern for their future. That’s why I am asking you to join me in this endeavor.  You may ask what is the Million Praying Grandparents Movement?   The Million Praying Grandparents is a community of grandparents committed to intentionally pray for their grandchildren and their parents.  The Mission of Christian Grandparenting Network is to mobilize grandparents worldwide to intentionally and regularly pray for their grandchildren, their families, and all influences in their grandchildren’s lives. That is the reason we are encouraging grandparents to participate in the Million Praying Grandparents Movement. In today’s shattered world, Satan’s purpose is to distract and destroy the family from the truth and faith in Jesus Christ. It is critical that we implore God to give the parents of our grandchildren wisdom and perseverance in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. While we live in a culture of spiritual, social and moral decline we are not without hope, nor are we at the mercy of the merciless and evil in this world. We read in Psalms 46:1, “We have a God who is our refuge and strength, our stronghold in times of trouble.”   Perhaps at no time in history is a call for intentional prayer more urgently needed than today. If you grasp the urgency of our time, then I urge you to join the Million Praying Grandparents movement linking arms in prayer for the next generation. When you join the Million Praying Grandparents Movement you are declaring your commitment to pray regularly for your grandchildren. As a way of saying thanks for that commitment, you may download your printable free, Million Praying Grandparents Scriptures to Pray, a tool to help you pray effectively for your grandchildren using God’s Word. How do you join the Million Praying Grandparents Movement? It’s quite simple: Go to the website http://www.millionprayinggrandparents.com Complete the short form to join Million Praying Grandparents Download the Million Praying Grandparents Scriptures to Pray Tell your friends about Million Praying Grandparents Now you must make a decision: For the sake of the hearts, minds and souls of your grandchildren, will you say, “YES I will join the Million Praying Grandparents movement?” May God bless you richly as you pray for your grandchildren, Lillian Penner, National Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network                  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  (Remember, we don’t sell our lists to anyone, so it is safe to join the Million Praying Grandparents. You may also elect to receive our weekly grand parenting blogs to encourage you in your role as a godly grandparent.)          

What are your Thanksgiving Traditions?

November 15, 2016
  What are your Thanksgiving Traditions? Thanksgiving is a good time to encourage our grandchildren to be thankful for the many things they experience. Help them make a list of their home, food, clothing, school, friends, church, toys and the opportunities they enjoy for which they can be thankful. Gratitude always improves ones attitude. Send them a Thanksgiving card or call them to let them know you thank God for them and you are thankful they are your grandchildren and you are praying for them. Our Thanksgiving Tradition At our family Thanksgiving dinner, when we have our dessert we place a candle that clips on everyone’s dessert plate. Then we light the candle and go around the table sharing from the youngest to the oldest, for what we are thankful. After each one shares, they blow out their candle. It has become a tradition and a meaningful family experience. Will you please share your Thanksgiving ideas and traditions in the comments? Let’s make Thanksgiving a meaningful experience for our families. By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net    

How to be an Intentional Grandparent?

November 10, 2016
To satisfy my curiosity, I grabbed a dictionary and thesaurus from my shelf. The American Heritage Dictionary defines intentional as “done deliberately.” The Oxford American Thesaurus list the words—purposeful, deliberate, conscious, studied and preplanned—as synonyms. I considered the synonyms; then, I asked myself some tough questions. Purposeful… I want my grandchildren to know that God delights in them. Do the blessings I speak over them have a purpose (or are they empty words)? Deliberate… I pray that my grandchildren become prayer warriors. Am I deliberate in showing them how to pray? Conscious… Whether I want to or not, I continuously model behavior. Am I making a conscious effort to model Christ-like behavior? Studied… I want my grandchildren to immerse themselves in the Word of God. Do I study and memorize Scripture, so that when I am afforded the opportunity, I can teach with accuracy? Preplanned… I pray that my grandchildren have servants’ hearts. Do I create preplanned opportunities for them to serve others less fortunate than themselves? God is calling us to be intentional, godly grandparents. An awareness of the meaning of INTENTIONAL is a great place to start. Do you pray intentionally for your grandchildren and their parents? Guest blog by Sherry Schuman, Member of the Christian Grandparenting Network Pray Team.